• Injunction filed in Murray Center lawsuit

    by  • March 4, 2013

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    The federal lawsuit to keep open the Warren G. Murray Center is moving forward, with a preliminary injunction filed last week that would prohibit further movement by the State in its efforts to shutter the Centralia facility. According to Chicago attorney Judith Sherwin, who has filed the case on behalf of the Murray Parents’...

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    Quinn: Budget ‘difficult’ because of pension

    by  • March 4, 2013

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    Gov. Pat Quinn says the state budget he’ll present this week will be “hard and difficult” because of Illinois’ massive pension debt. The Democrat told reporters Monday he has to lay out the facts for the lawmakers to see the strain Illinois’ nearly $100 billion in unfunded liability is going to affect other areas....

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    Statue to be dedicated to half-century mayor

    by  • March 4, 2013

    An 86-year-old southern Illinois mayor who has been in office for a half century is being honored with a life-size bronze statue. The Southern Illinoisan reports that the monument to Marion Mayor Bob Butler will be dedicated April 16 in the 17,000-resident city’s Tower Square. The project was conceived by Kevin McConnell, the president...

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    Quinn vetoes 2011 gaming expansion legislation

    by  • March 4, 2013

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    Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed a piece of old gambling legislation that would have added five new casinos and more slot machines. This was lawmakers’ 2011 attempt, but it didn’t go to Quinn’s desk until the end of session in January. Quinn had opposed the bill, saying it didn’t contain enough ethical protections. The...

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    FAA: Learjet with faulty landing gear lands safely

    by  • March 4, 2013

    An official says the eight passengers aboard a small aircraft with landing gear troubles walked off the plane after it landed safely at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Cory says the Learjet 45 landed “without incident” at 1:32 p.m. St. Louis airport spokesman Jeff Lea (lee) says airport officials are...

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    Help Orphans win mascot contest

    by  • March 4, 2013

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    The Centralia Orphans are in the running for a USA Today Most Unique Mascot Contest. Currently the Orphans are barely leading over the Cobden Appleknockers with the contest closing to new votes Tuesday afternoon. The top team from each state advances to National Finals, with the winning school receiving a $2,000 prize for their...

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